Ted Haggard to start new church in Colo. Springs

Ted Haggard Former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard said Wednesday that he will launch a new church from his Colorado Springs home, 3 1/2 years after he resigned from his ministry amid an embarrassing and devastating sex scandal.

Haggard said he doesn’t know how many people will attend his new church, but he said the ordeal he and his wife, Gayle, went through has prepared them to help others. [Read more...]

The resurrection of pastor Ted Haggard

Ted Haggard According to the terms of an agreement he signed with his former church, Ted Haggard was not only banished from New Life but also — in a provision more typical of TV westerns and medieval decrees — forbidden from ever returning to the state of Colorado. As chronicled in The Trials of Ted Haggard, an HBO documentary that aired last January, the Haggards moved through a series of temporary lodgings as the pastor-turned-insurance-salesman roamed Phoenix neighborhoods, growing to resemble the Willy Loman character in Death of a Salesman.

So virtually no one expected to find Haggard and his family back in their comfortable Colorado Springs home, less than a mile from the mega-church that started nearly 25 years ago as a basement gathering of worshippers. Gayle, Ted’s wife for the last 30 years, has written a book called Why I Stayed, which is slated for January release by Christian publisher Tyndale House. Ted, meanwhile, has begun speaking at churches around the country and recently posted to the Internet that he’s “motivated for the first time in 2.5 years to re-enter full-time ministry.” [Read more...]

Disgraced minister Ted Haggard delivers apology, not details

Ted Haggard Ted Haggard came to Irving, Texas on Sunday to apologize for the scandal that ended his evangelical ministry in Colorado almost three years ago, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Since March, Haggard and his wife have appeared at dozens of churches around the country talking in general terms about his “sin” and her decision to forgive him.

“I can’t go into a lot of detail here,” Gayle Haggard said Sunday. She is writing a book about her ordeal titled Why I Stayed, which will be released in January. [Read more...]

Ted Haggard faces more gay sex accusations

Ted Haggard Disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard‘s former church disclosed Friday that the gay sex scandal that caused his downfall extends to a young male church volunteer who reported having a sexual relationship with Haggard – a revelation that comes as Haggard tries to repair his public image.

The disclosure comes as Haggard, 52, is about to give a series of high-profile interviews to promote the cable documentary about his time in exile. He is scheduled to appear on CNN’s Larry King Live on Thursday, the date of the documentary’s premiere, and already has taped “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” [Read more...]

Ted Haggard: I’m back from ‘wilderness’

Ted Haggard Ted Haggard, the powerful U.S. evangelist who fell from grace in 2006 amid a gay sex scandal, returned to the spotlight Friday saying his faith was stronger but he wished people had been more forgiving.

An HBO documentary about Haggard’s year in exile, his struggle with his sexuality in the face of his past condemnation of gays, and his attempts to make a living outside the church, will air on the cable TV network on January 29. [Read more...]

Ted Haggard still struggles with sexuality, he says in documentary

Ted Haggard In an HBO documentary set to air Jan. 29, disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard says he never claimed to be heterosexual, as was once reported, and he continues to struggle with same-sex attraction.

But he’s committed to living a heterosexual life because he believes it’s better for children to be raised by a mother and a father. [Read more...]